Concurrent Sessions

Group A: Thursday, September 11, 1:30pm-3:00pm

Arts Infusion: The Path to 21st Century Learning (City Center A)

Presenters: Holly Nowak, Program Director, Erie Arts & Culture; Dr. Rosemary A. Omniewski, Professor, Edinboro University PA; Dr. Janyce J. Hyatt, Director, Creating Landscapes Learning Center & Professor Emeritus, Allegheny College

Arts Infusion: The Path to 21st Century Learning is an exploration of how Erie Arts and Culture, Edinboro University and three area school districts partnered to facilitate collaborations among teachers and teaching artists through an AEMDD grant in the service of enlivening content with feeling.  Participants will be actively engaged, reflect on what they’ve learned, and consider what it means and why it matters.  Inquiry-based learning will prompt participants to share what questions arise from their involvement. Constructivist pedagogy of experience, reflection and connection will be modeled, as the participants will do, think, critically reflect, and question.

Common Core on the Ground: A Case Study in Museum Practices (City Center B)

Presenters: Dr. Catherine Allgor, Director of Education; Guy Fish, Art Education Manager; and Mikki Heydorff, Volunteer Programs Manager, Huntington Library, Art Collections, and Botanical Gardens; Jen Olson, District Arts Education Coordinator, Pasadena Unified School District

As the Common Core State Standards become law in 45 states, non-profit institutions, which have long used inquiry-based skills in their museum education programs, have an unprecedented opportunity to help school systems make this transition. Given the limited resources of all kinds in the non-profit world, is such a goal even possible?  In California, The Pasadena Unified School District has partnered with the Department of Education at the Huntington Library, Art Collections, and Botanical Gardens to explore this issue.  This session will provide models of engagement that can be adapted by other arts-based institutions and school systems.

Community–Based Learning: Arts Credit Bearing Opportunities in Out of School Time (Grand Ballroom, Salon 2)

Presenters: Ruth Mercado-Zizzo, BPS Arts Expansion Initiative Director, EdVestors; Myran Parker-Brass, Executive Director for the Arts, Boston Public Schools; Joseph Douillette, Teen New Media Program Manager, Institute of Contemporary Art (ICA)

In this session, participants will explore ways to facilitate and systematize school credit bearing, community-based arts learning opportunities in their communities using Boston Public Schools Arts Expansion High School Arts Credit Bearing program as a model. Examine how out of school time credit bearing arts opportunities can help accomplish specific school, arts organization, and district goals (i.e. inclusion, sequential pathways, community connections). Speakers will describe planning process and design for high school credit bearing work, including lessons learned, and best practices.

How Arts-Integrated Instruction Impacts Student Creativity and Engagement in School:  New Findings from The John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts (Grand Ballroom, Salon 3)

Presenters: Ivonne Chand O’Neal, Director of Research and Evaluation; Amy Duma, Director of Teacher and School Programs, The John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts

The purpose of the Kennedy Center’s Changing Education Through the Arts (CETA) program is to affect long-term change to impact learning in schools through professional development focused on arts-integrated instruction.  The program works with over 400 educators in 16 schools in the DC metropolitan area. The Kennedy Center has completed a longitudinal quasi-experimental examination of the impact of this program across its constituents.  The current session offers current findings of this study documenting the impact of arts integrated instruction on student creativity, engagement in school, and standardized test scores.

Integrating the Arts with STEM: Wolf Trap’s Early Childhood STEM Learning Through the Arts Program (Grand Ballroom, Salon 4)

Presenters: Akua Femi Kouyate-Tate, Senior Director, Education, Wolf Trap Foundation for the Performing Arts; Meredith Ludwig, Principal Researcher, Education Program, American Institutes for Research; Laura Schandelmeier, Wolf Trap Master Teaching Artist; Kalpana Kumar Sharma, Pre-Kindergarten Teacher, Brightwood Education Campus, District of Columbia Public Schools; Carol Wolfe, Regional Director, Western Pennsylvania Wolf Trap, Christina Farrell, Wolf Trap Master Teaching Artist

Experience how the performing arts enhance STEM knowledge for our youngest learners! Through Wolf Trap’s Early Childhood STEM Learning Through the Arts program, teaching artists partner with early childhood educators to integrate performing arts strategies with math curriculum to increase children’s STEM learning. In this session participants will learn how best to design, sustain, implement, and disseminate performing arts and STEM integrated programs in their community. Participants will learn valued strategies of establishing strategic partnerships, developing a team approach for teaching artists to develop math/performing arts instructional content, designing multi-layered teacher professional development, and implementing a comprehensive evaluation.

The Ohio Arts Model Curriculum Enhancing Arts Learning Through Innovation, Accountability & Rigor (Grand Ballroom, Salon 5)

Presenters: Bill Nyerges, Ohio Model Curriculum Coordinator–The Arts; Nancy Pistone; State Arts Consultant, Ohio Department of Education, Office of Curriculum & Assessment

Combining innovation and creativity with accountability and rigor, the Ohio Arts Model Curriculum provides a unique system for delivering the promise of policy to practice in arts instruction. This session will review the synergy of state initiatives with the arts showcasing Ohio’s Arts Model Curriculum from its origins to its practical applications to enhance the state’s revised learning standards. Bill Nyerges, Ohio Arts Model Curriculum Coordinator, and Nancy Pistone, State Arts Consultant for the Ohio Department of Education will lead the presentation highlighting the model curriculum’s interactive component structure and its unique “All in One” concept to provide precision access to relevant arts content.

Teaching Artist Training: Superpowers and Big Ideas (Rivers Room)

Presenters: Lisa Jaret, Arts in Education Program Manager, Washington State Arts Commission; Anne Banks, Program Supervisor for The Arts, Office of Superintendent of Public Instruction

How can we help teaching artists provide quality educational experiences for all students? That’s the guiding question for the Washington State Teaching Artist Training Lab (TAT Lab), a professional development program that empowers teaching artists – and certified teachers – to expand their skills and gain confidence in their ability to design and implement high quality arts lessons. Partners from the State Education Agency and the State Arts Agency will share their perspectives on what makes this program work, as well as some past and ongoing challenges. We’ll explore program approaches, materials, and evaluation efforts, as part of the continuing national conversation about professional teaching artists.



 Group B: Thursday, September 11, 3:30pm-5:00pm

The Catalytic Spark: Building Schools’ Capacity for Student Success in Artful Ways (City Center A)

Presenters: Una McAlinden, Executive Director, ArtsEd Washington

As principals and district leaders wrestle with ever-growing demands, how can the arts education community provide an infrastructure for success that develops leaders and builds school capacity while positioning the arts as a strategy for success in overall school goals? Learn about the Principals Arts Leadership (PAL) program and how it helps educators navigate change, grow as leaders, and engage dynamic shared leadership within the school community. Explore an approach to planning for the arts that can support your work with schools and districts. Consider how this fits into a bigger ecosystem for change in the provision of arts learning.

Developing 21st Century Learners: Seattle’s Creative Advantage Initiative (City Center B)

Presenters: Carri Campbell, Seattle Public Schools Director of School and Community Partnerships; Lara Davis, Seattle Office of Arts and Culture Arts Education Specialist; Kahlil Ford, Senior Research Associate, The BERC Group

Common Core State Standards and the nation’s shift to a knowledge-based economy have brought a focus on 21st Century Skills, but educators are challenged in developing ways to include them in curricula and measure outcomes.  The Creative Advantage in Seattle is taking a collective impact approach to ensure that every student develops 21st Century Skills: creativity, critical thinking, communication, collaboration, perseverance and growth mindset through the arts. It is now the common instructional objective across all arts providers-teachers and community partners.  This session will provide models of 21st Century Skills student assessments and an innovative 21st Century Skills observation tool.

Partnerships and Sustainability: A Case Study from Everyday Arts for Special Education (EASE) (Grand Ballroom, Salon 2)

Presenters: Kathy London, EASE Project Director, and ARTS Instructional Support Specialist, District 75; Sita Frederick, EASE Program Manager, Urban Arts Partnership; Rob Horowitz, EASE Independent Evaluator and Associate Director of the Center for Arts Education Research at Teachers College, Columbia University

Learn best practices of the Everyday Arts for Special Education (“EASE”) model from the perspectives of key stakeholders. Join the panel discussion to learn more about the elements of EASE, the largest federal granted arts and special education research initiative, their current coach trainee program, and future sustainability efforts in the field of arts and special education.

Preparing Teachers to Prepare Students: An Arts Integration Model (Grand Ballroom, Salon 3)

Presenters: Lori Snyder, Senior Manager, Performing & Visual Arts Magnet, Advanced Studies and Programs, Anne Arundel County Public Schools; Pat Klos, Arts Integration Specialist,  Anne Arundel County Public Schools

Bates Middle School, in Anne Arundel County Public Schools, MD, piloted a highly successful arts integration (AI) model through its SAILSS (Supporting Arts Integration Learning for Student Success) project.  The model not only focuses on providing intensive and ongoing professional development in the arts and AI strategies but also providing teachers with the training and tools necessary for co-teaching with artists and arts teachers, collaborative planning conversations, data-decision making and curriculum mapping for Arts Integrated instruction.  Participants will be immersed in the model by participating in scenarios designed to mimic the real-life planning and the Bates AI implementation process.

Restoring Arts Education Capacity to California’s Largest K-6 School District: El Sistema and the Community Opus Project (Grand Ballroom, Salon 4)

Presenters: Dalouge Smith, President and CEO, San Diego Youth Symphony and Conservatory; Russell Sperling, Visual and Performing Arts Coordinator, San Diego County Office of Education; Dr. John Nelson, Assistant Superintendent, Chula Vista Elementary School District; Heather Noonan, Vice President for Advocacy, League of American Orchestras

In 2013, the Chula Vista Elementary School District committed to reinstating in-school music instruction district wide over the next 10 years following a 15-year absence. This decision is the result of their collaboration with San Diego Youth Symphony and Conservatory’s El Sistema-inspired Community Opus Project. El Sistema, Venezuela’s internationally renowned youth orchestra program designed as a poverty intervention, has inspired over 100 programs in US communities. SDYS is at the forefront of using El Sistema-inspired work to affect education policy within a school district. This presentation provides concrete examples of how this innovative approach to education reform transformed the learning and teaching environment district-wide.

“STEM to STEAM”… or “STEM with Stickers?”: Understanding the Role of the Arts in Maker-Centered Learning Experiences (Grand Ballroom, Salon 5)

Presenters: Edward P. Clapp, Research Specialist, Project Zero/Harvard Graduate School of Education; Raquel L. Jimenez, Independent Researcher

Advocates of STEAM learning experiences argue that infusing the arts into science, technology, engineering, and mathematics education will yield the professional competencies that will be most desirable in the decades ahead. Many view the “maker movement” and maker-centered learning experiences as promising opportunities to engage young people in STEAM learning. Even so, one is left to wonder: to what degree are the arts really enacted in maker-centered learning experiences? This interactive session will engage participants in emergent research and hands-on activities that explore this and other questions that exist at the intersection of maker-centered learning and the STEAM agenda.



Group C: Friday, September 12, 1:30pm-3:00pm

The Advanced Manufacturing and Innovation Academy (AMIA): Creating Middle School eSTEAM Studios in the Northeastern NC Prosperity Zone (Rivers Room)

Presenters: W. Wayne Godwin, Associate Professor, School of Art and Design, East Carolina University, Greenville, NC – College of Fine Arts and Director, Middle School Innovators Academy; Dr. J. Ted Morris, Associate Vice Chancellor, Office of Innovation & Economic Development and Principal Investigator, Operation Reentry NC, East Carolina University; James R. Menke, Military Partnership and Research Liaison, Operation Reentry NC, Office of Innovation and Economic Development, East Carolina University

The eSTEAM studio ecosystem being created in the Northeastern NC region (encompassing 15 public and charter middle school programs) is expected to drive cultural and economic transformation in rural eastern North Carolina and address the shortage of creative STEAM-capable advanced manufacturing artist/workers and creative class entrepreneurs. Participants will gain an understanding of how the AMIA establishes a robust education-to-workforce pipeline in which students 1) enhance awareness of regional advanced manufacturing careers; 2) increase STEAM skills, knowledge and abilities; 3) develop competency in innovation processes; 4) acquire 21st century leadership/soft skills; and 5) prepare for successful employment and entrepreneurship.

All Students, All Schools: Arts-Centered Solutions Using A+ Schools’ Practices (Grand Ballroom, Salon 2)

Presenters: Jean Hendrickson, Consultant, Windgate Charitable Foundation; Director Emeritus for OK A+ Schools; Sandra Kent, Executive Director, OK A+ Schools; Rosalynn Wade, Program Director, OK A+ Schools; Melanie Landrum, Executive Director, AR A+ Schools; Erin Calaway, Program Director, AR A+ Schools; Michelle Burrows, Director, NC A+ Schools; Bethany France, Executive Director, LA A+ Schools; Kim Leavitt, Deputy Director, LA A+ Schools

The National A+ Schools Consortium (NASC) leaders from four states participate in successful arts-centered practices moving STEM to STEAM that are improving student outcomes around the country. Starting with early childhood and growing through elementary, middle and high school, NASC leaders will guide participants through a series of interactive examples of hands-on, authentic learning activities drawn from the classrooms in the schools themselves. Leave with a collection of advocacy and practice ideas that come from the examples in A+ Schools that are helping students achieve success in their journey through school to college and careers.

Collective Impact: Moving a Large Urban District from Arts-Involved to Arts-Rich (Grand Ballroom, Salon 3)

Presenters: Brent Hasty, Executive Director, MINDPOP; Greg Goodman, Fine Arts Director, Austin ISD

The Austin Creative Learning Initiative is a successful collective impact partnership among MINDPOP, Austin ISD, and the City of Austin, dedicated to expanding creative learning across our city.  The session will provide detailed information about our research findings, programmatic elements and an examination of the choices we made in developing this model. The content will address the needs of practitioners interested in detailed programmatic models, researchers interested in assessing initiative implementation and impact, and policy makers interested in taking a system-wide initiative creative learning initiative to scale. 

Does Innate Talent Matter In Arts Education: How Ongoing Myths and Misconceptions About the  Role of Talent in Arts Learning Limit the Essential Contribution of the Arts in 21st Century Education (Grand Ballroom, Salon 6)

Presenters: Dr. Lawrence Scripp; Director, Center for Music and the Arts in Education

For participants who still believe that excellence in arts learning may depend significantly on inherited innate abilities, this interactive session challenges participants to think beyond the outdated, unscientific myths and misconceptions of talent to focus directly on crafting arts learning practices that serve all children in their school communities.  Arts and arts integration policy that does not separate so-called gifted students from others will better foster an “ability growth mindset” that is necessary for all learners to fully engage in arts learning as an essential part of an equitable and excellent 21st century education.

The Effects of Arts Integration on Memory for Content (City Center A)

Presenters: Mariale Hardiman, Assistant Dean for Urban School Partnerships and Clinical Professor of Education, Johns Hopkins University School of Education

This presentation reports the results of a pilot study that tested the effects of arts integration on long-term retention of science content. Matched treatment units using arts-integrated instruction and control units using conventional instruction were taught to four groups of randomized students. Results showed significantly better retention of content in the arts-integrated condition, especially for struggling readers. In this session we will consider how arts-integrated instruction may improve learning outcomes for all students. Participants will view examples of the treatment units and will engage in dialogue about how the arts could contribute to education reform, especially in STEM subjects.

Engaging School Administrators through a Community of Learners for Arts Education (Grand Ballroom, Salon 4)

Presenters: Sarah Tambucci, Director, Arts Education Collaborative; Jamie Kasper, Associate Director, Arts Education Collaborative; Jeff Hadley, Principal, Center Elementary School, Plum Borough School District; Rachel Gattuso, Assistant Principal, Senior High School, Plum Borough School District; Shaler Area Administrative Team, led by Kara Eckert, Assistant to the Superintendent, Shaler Area School District

Even the best teachers can be stymied if they don’t have support from their building- and district-level administrators. Join the Arts Education Collaborative (AEC) and administrators from Plum Borough School District and Shaler Area School District to explore the AEC’s Community of Learners for Arts Education, a professional learning program for superintendents, principals, and other school administrators. Attendees will be able to refer to the CLAE program as a model for engaging administrators in efforts to improve the quality of arts education in their schools and districts.

Fostering Student Success by Leveraging the Impact of Out of School Time, Creative Youth Development Programs (Grand Ballroom, Salon 5)

Presenters: Jonathan Herman, Executive Director, National Guild for Community Arts Education; Traci Slater-Rigaud, Director, Director, National Arts and Humanities Youth Program Awards; Lauren Stevenson, Junction Box Consulting; Robyne Walker Murphy, Director, DreamYard Art Center

Greater investment in out-of-school arts, humanities, and science programs that develop young people’s creative potential and foster individual growth and social responsibility will enable youth to live richer, fuller lives and develop the critical learning and life skills they need to make a successful transition to adulthood. That was the key conclusion of participants in the National Summit on Creative Youth Development in Boston this past spring where practitioners, funders, policymakers, researchers, and youth drafted “Collective Action for Youth: An Agenda for Progress through Creative Youth Development.”  Session participants are invited to learn more about the summit findings and engage in dialogue regarding advocacy and policy strategies at the local, state, and national levels.

Winning the Race for Arts Education: Strategies to Achieve a Successful Ballot Measure (City Center B)

Presenters: Marna Stalcup, Program Manager, The Right Brain Initiative; Eloise Damrosch, Executive Director, Regional Arts & Culture Council; Melissa Goff, Assistant Superintendent/Teaching & Learning, Portland Public Schools

This session spotlights a successful ballot measure that galvanized community support for systematic arts education, and how this initiative engaged leaders from education, business, arts, and government to collectively achieve its goal.